Apt. 2c (2014)
Apt. 2C was a site-responsive installation created for a RIA (Research in Art) initiative. As part of the Art in Odd Spaces House Tour, six homes were open for the event. The setting for Apt. 2c was a staircase in a 100-year-old house in the Hintonburg district of Ottawa. As is common for Victorian homes, there are two staircases: one for residents, and one for servants. The illusion of Apt. 2c was constructed in the back-staircase of the house, a place that had been unused by the residents for some years, the bottom door of which was blocked from opening into the kitchen. This dead-end staircase installation was visited by approximately 100 viewers on May 3rd and 11th, 2014.
Materials: blackout curtains, battery operated candles, blue light bulb, umbrella, scarf, apartment address stick-on labels (2c), brass peephole, 53 minute audio loop (recorded conversations between the artist and Rachel Kalpana James, 2013)
Before entering the installation, the participant was informed of its 53-minute sound component. Due to the number of people waiting to experience the intervention, each person was advised that they would only be allowed to listen to five minutes of the audio loop. They were told not to worry about the length of their stay; that after five minutes a bell would ring, indicating their time was up.
After passing through the curtained doorway at the top of the front stairs, each participants’ experience of the installation depended on the actions they took. Here is the scenario:
-numerous battery-operated candles descended the steps of a darkened back staircase
-a blue light glowed softly overhead at the base of these stairs, subtly illuminating a striped scarf and a black umbrella hanging from wall-mounted coat hooks
-here, the stairs curved gently to the right and ended abruptly at a closed door, marked 2c
-positioned beneath this address was a brass peephole that viewers might gaze through
-a conversation between two women could easily be overheard through the locked door
See Apt. 2c (audio), listed under Works in main menu, for a 35-minute clip of the installation's original 53-minute audio component.
51 Sherbrooke Avenue
back staircase (before intervention)
back staircase (after intervention)
Apt. # and peephole
view through the peephole